Are A Levels right for me?

As an A Level student at Nelson and Colne College, we offer personalised support to help you achieve your goals. As such, your study programme is tailored around your career aim.

Here’s some useful information about A Levels and how they work to help you make up your mind:

  • A Levels are the more traditional route for those wanting to progress to university
  • You can explore three subjects that you enjoy over two years. Some students may study four subjects where appropriate
  • A Levels are a great option if you have an inquisitive academic mind, enjoy studying and are good at exams
  • You will be in a tutor group relating to your subjects and future career aim
  • You will also do an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) to allow you to research a new topic of your choice and develop crucial independent study skills to help prepare you for university

How do I choose which A Level subjects to study?

When choosing which subjects to study at A Level you should have in mind a career goal. Some universities require specific grades and A Level subjects for entry onto particular degree pathways, so it’s important to do your research.

The majority of students studying an A Level programme will focus on three subjects over two years. We do, however, accept applications for students to study four subjects, but only where you can demonstrate a track record of academic high achievement or are considering Further Mathematics.

When you enrol, we will allocate you to a tutorial pathway best suited to your chosen career aim and the subjects you are taking, for example, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science, Social Science, Humanities, Business and Finance, or Arts and Media.

Your tutor will be a subject specialist in your chosen area. They will work alongside you on a one-to-one basis, as well as through group delivery, to ensure you have the personal, social and employability skills needed for your future career plans.

NCC has over 25 subjects to choose from, take a look at our subject pages for more information.

What are the entry requirements to study A Levels?

Minimum of two 5s and three 4s at GCSE including a grade 4 or above in Maths and English Language. Students will also be required to have specific grades at GCSE for certain subjects, as specified on our subject pages.